Originally Posted by bnmoore
Most of us here have already spent a good bit of time in hell. It really doesn't scare us any more. I was raised there myself. My faith got me through it.
Most of us do pay attention to what we reflect back to that from which we came. Try looking with Love's eyes instead of being God's self-appointed spies. If you're looking for sin everywhere that's all you're going to find.
I can appreciate that you have had a terrible life. There are many people on this planet who have, and I count myself as one of the more blessed ones, since I have comparatively little to complain about compared to the people I have encountered even in the last ten years. However, 'spending a good bit of time in hell' here on earth, would probably not compare with spending eternity in a lake of unquenchable fire being eaten by worms, but never finding relief from the excruciating pain that must cause.
I do appreciate your comment on only finding sin if that is all you are looking for. It is certainly depressing to do that! One of the goals of my life has been to hear directly from Jesus and I cannot claim to have come to the point where I hear from Him or obey His will in every decision I make, but I am told that Jesus spoke more about hell than He did about heaven, and that is because some people on this planet do not have an eternal perspective, but a temporal one, and Jesus did warn us against that [Mat 6:19]. So for those of us who see ourselves as Christian, part of our mission here on earth is to rescue as many as possible.
At the same time, I don't feel that even us Christians should see ourselves as 'perfect' or as 'non-sinners' since in my experience, we are also still subjects to the desires and lusts of this world as long as we live in it. We are, forgiven, however, as long as we continue to 'work out our salvation with fear and trembling [Phil 2:12]' and continue to confess our sin to our brothers and sisters and to God.